Blue Angels Soar Through Aviation Maintenance Inspection

February 2, 2019 – The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, passed their 2019 Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI) conducted Jan. 29 – Feb. 1. The AMI is an inspection conducted every two years for each squadron in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to evaluate the effectiveness of the squadron’s maintenance program practices and adherence to Naval Aviation Maintenance Program standards. Commander, Naval Air Forces Aviation Maintenance Management Team 1 evaluated the Blue Angels on a total of 37 programs and found no critical discrepancies. After four days of…

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Blue Angels Add Show to 2019 Season

January 31, 2019 – U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the addition of the 2019 Miami Beach Air and Sea Show to their performance schedule, Jan. 30. The air show will take place May 25-26, which was previously an open date on the Blue Angels schedule. The team is now scheduled to perform 61 demonstrations at 32 locations in 2019. The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence…

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Blue Angels Reach Training Milestone Ahead of 2019 Season

January 22, 2019 – U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, reached a major milestone in their annual winter training, Jan. 19, when they completed their first set of training flights over the airfield at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif. The six jet demonstration pilots had been training over the Special Use Airspace adjacent to NAF El Centro, and will continue to do the bulk of their training there for the next few weeks, before moving full time to the air space above NAF El Centro. This is…

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U.S. Navy And Air Force Award Lockheed Martin Second Production Lot For Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles

January 15, 2019 – Lockheed Martin received a $172 million contract from the U.S. Navy and Air Force for Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) production. The contract continues the production for the air-launched variant of LRASM, including a full production run of missiles and engineering support. This is the second of several expected annual production lots that will deliver next-generation anti-ship missiles to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. “LRASM brings a game-changing capability to both the U.S. Air Force and the Navy,” said David Helsel, LRASM director at…

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CIAT Trains its First Ship

January 15, 2019 – More than 40 crew members of USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) were the first to pilot the updated Advance Warfare Training (AWT) curriculum inside the Navy’s newest combat systems trainer, Combined Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD)/Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Trainer (CIAT), onboard Naval Base San Diego (NBSD), Jan. 8-11. The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) officially opened the CIAT during a ribbon cutting ceremony this past December and is planned to deliver tactical training to all San Diego based Baseline 9 warships. “The overall purpose…

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U.S., Australia Set to Kick Off 2019 Exercise Sea Dragon

January 11, 2019 – Located at the southernmost point of the Northern Marianas Islands and the United States’ westernmost point, Guam will serve as the location of 2019 Exercise Sea Dragon, which is slated to kick off Jan. 14. “Exercise Sea Dragon is an exciting opportunity to enhance maritime patrol relationships in the Western Pacific and focus on building anti-submarine warfare (ASW) proficiency and increase warfighting lethality,” said Capt. Brian Erickson, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 72. “In future Sea Dragon exercises, I am excited to expand ally and partner nation…

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Raytheon Receives ESSM Support Contract

January 14, 2019 – Raytheon Company was awarded the following contract as announced by the Department of Defense on December 21, 2018: Raytheon Co., Tuscon, Arizona, is being awarded a $37,902,562 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-16-C-5433 to exercise options in support of Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) design agent, in-service support and technical engineering support services. Fiscal 2019 other country; fiscal 2018 weapons procurement (Navy); fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy); Foreign Military Sales; and fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funding in the amount of $16,663,004 will…

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2019 Navy Week Schedule Announced

January 9, 2019 – America’s Navy sails into 14 sites across the country in 2019 — from the Lowcountry of Charleston, S.C., to the island of Puerto Rico, to the frontier of Grand Junction, Colo. — as part of the Navy Week outreach program. Navy Weeks, coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), are designed to give Americans the opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity. Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s flagship outreach…

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Pioneering Oceanographer Honored by Navy, American Geophysical Union

January 8, 2019 – For his work in the establishment of a new scientific field, Dr. Nicklas Pisias received the Maurice Ewing Medal, sponsored jointly by the U.S. Navy and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Pisias, a professor emeritus at Oregon State University, accepted the award at the AGU Fall Meeting in December 2018. Named after Dr. Maurice Ewing, a trailblazing geophysicist and oceanographer, the medal is given yearly to one honoree in recognition of “significant original contributions to the ocean sciences.” In the late 1970s, and for the next…

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CACI Awarded Military Sealift Command Contract

January 7, 2019 – CACI International Inc announced today that it has been awarded a potential $125 million task order to support integrated business systems for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). This five-year contract, awarded under the CIO-SP3 contract vehicle, represents both new and continuing work in CACI’s Logistics and Material Readiness market area. “CACI is committed to delivering technologies and solutions that advance modernization and enhance readiness for the U.S. Navy and Military Sealift Command. Our logistics professionals will develop and maintain the critical ashore and afloat systems, to support…

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Subchaser Archives Notes Vol, 15 No. 1, January 2019

By Christmas, 2018, chasers that had been sent to ports along the coast of the Adriatic Sea were starting to be sent back to Corfu, with orders to start the homeward bound journey. SC 93, under the command of Lt. (j.g.) George Dole, landed at Malta on Christmas Eve, then by the end of January, was headed for France. While for the chaser officers and crews this was a time for touring, the government’s main objective was to remove the depth charges and deck guns from the chasers and to…

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USNS Big Horn Completes US Fifth Fleet, US Sixth Fleet Deployment

December 20, 2018 – USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) pulled into Naval Station Norfolk, Dec. 17, signifying the completion of their 10-month deployment in support of U.S. Navy and allied efforts in the U.S. Fifth Fleet and U.S. Sixth Fleet’s area of responsibility. “Some of the missions USNS Big Horn undertook during this deployment included the logistical support for the NATO exercise Trident Juncture and Carrier Strike Group 8 with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) and Destroyer Squadron 28 along with NATO Allies of the Royal…

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U.S. Navy Memorial to Dedicate Lone Sailor Statue in Guam

December 14, 2018 – he Lone Sailor statue in the Territory of Guam will be dedicated at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex in a ceremony on Saturday, Dec.15. Guam, a strategically vital part of U.S. efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific, has long been home and a port-of-call to many Sailors and Marines. The effort to put a Lone Sailor statue in Guam is the initiative of the Vietnamese-American community to demonstrate the special relationship between the United States Navy, Guam and the thousands of Vietnamese refugees…

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GAO: Rebuilding Ship, Submarine, and Aviation Readiness Will Require Time and Sustained Management Attention

Since 2015, we have made 45 recommendations to help the Navy and Marine Corps ensure they have the personnel and equipment they need to be ready for their operations. We discussed the two services’ readiness challenges in this testimony, including: Personnel shortfalls and gaps in experience leading to high sailor workloads Maintenance delays that prevent ships and submarines from operating Unavailable aircraft in both the Navy and the Marine Corps While the services have taken initial steps to rebuild military readiness, fully addressing these challenges while balancing high demands will require years of…

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U.S. Navy to Deploy Venture Research MultiTrak™ RFID/GPS/IoT Reader

December 11, 2018 – Venture Research, Inc., a leading global supplier of RFID and IoT solutions, has received a contract through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) to supply mobile passive radio frequency identification (pRFID) systems for the U.S. Navy to use at four geographically diverse sites. The goal of this initiative is to evaluate the performance of an asset tracking solution combining the MultiTrak mobile pRFID reader with its integrated geo-positioning capability with a customizable application programming interface (API), enabling the U.S. military to reliably capture asset tracking information on…

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